Country Belize- Explore the Intriguing Mayan Splendour
Belize is a Central American country, located along the Caribbean coast, which has a diverse culture and tradition with Caribbean and Central American influences. English is the official language though Kriol and Spanish are widely spoken. Belize offers some of the best outdoor activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, wind sailing and fishing. Nature trails, eco tours and Mayan legacy are some of the other unbeatable options in this tiny Central American country of Belize.
Belize has a civilization that trace back to several thousands of years back. The early settlers included Mayan and Carib Indians. By the 16th century, Belize came under the Spanish rule before becoming a British territory in 1798 and named it British Honduras. As a colony, Belize began to attract investors into the logging industry. Belize gained its independence in September 1981 to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Belize has many places of tourist interest with the right mix of fun and adventure. Belize City, the erstwhile capital forms an ideal base to explore the rest of the country. Jungle tours, nature trails and Mayan relics form the major attractions in this country.
The nature enthusiasts cannot afford to miss out the Pook’s Hill, which is a jungle lodge set amidst pristine natural spectacles and built around a restored Mayan residential site. Break free from the city crowd and head straight to the laid-back Punta Gorda, which is the last frontier of Belize or enjoy the adventure tours, night life and the interesting bar scene at San Pedro.
Buses are ideal for long distance travel at easy prices, a good guide for smooth travel have some change handy to pay for your journey. Taxis, bike rentals and ferry are also some of the popular modes of transport in Belize. Though car rentals are convenient options to go about touring at your own pace, it could be a costly affair due to spiraling gas charges and insurance costs.
Places of Entertainment
From upscale to laid back shopping options there is something for everyone in Belize. From arts and crafts to local souvenirs, coral jewelry and diamonds, shopping could be an enjoyable affair in this country. The main town of San Pedro has local discos where you can dance to the Punta rock or pop. There are bars, restaurants and casinos that would allow you to stretch the fun tide all through the night. One of the popular bars includes the Barefoot Iguana. Apart from a rocking club scene, there are other exciting night activities to keep you engaged like star gazing and night diving.
Belize has an extensive range of accommodation options including luxury resorts, family style hotels, budget hotels, guesthouse, youth hostels, bed & breakfast, motels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, condominiums and live aboards to suit your diverse needs.
Belize Dollar is the local currency and its basic rate is influenced by the United States Dollar value. Two Belize Dollars is equal to one U.S. Dollar. Money exchange counters are available at banks and travel agencies, check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates. If you are carrying US dollars, there is no need for currency exchange as it is widely accepted everywhere in Belize.
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